Sweden's NATO Joining Is Official: Here's The Induction Protocol

Sweden is set to join NATO after Hungary's parliament ratified its bid on Monday. Lawmakers in Budapest 188 to 6 votes in favor of the resolution that had faced an 18-month delay. Stockholm will now become the military alliance's 32nd member. Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said his country was “now leaving 200 years of neutrality and nonalignment behind us."
Sweden's NATO bid was ratified by Hungary

Sweden's NATO bid was ratified by Hungary on Monday

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Sweden is set to join NATO after Hungary's parliament ratified its bid on Monday. Lawmakers in Budapest 188 to 6 votes in favor of the resolution that had faced an 18-month delay. Stockholm will now become the military alliance's 32nd member. Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said his country was “now leaving 200 years of neutrality and nonalignment behind us."
However, Sweden's induction only becomes official after a flag-raising ceremony in the NATO headquarters in Brussels later this week. Hungary's decision on Monday comes two years after both Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO in May 2022 following Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Unanimous support among NATO members is required to admit new countries. Hungary was the last country in the alliance’s 31 members to give its backing since Turkey ratified the request last month. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán withheld approval of Sweden's bid for more than 600 days. PM Ulf Kristersson called Monday a 'historic day'.
"It is a big step, we must take that seriously. But it is also a very natural step that we are taking. NATO membership means that we've found a new home within a large number of democracies which work together for peace and freedom," the Swedish Prime Minister said in a news conference in Stockholm. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Hungary's vote, saying, “Sweden’s membership will make us all stronger and safer.”
Stoltenberg added that Sweden brings with it capable armed forces and a first-class defense industry, and it is spending at least 2% of national gross domestic product on defense, which is NATO’s target level.
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